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Ivel
Founded 1902
Founder(s) Dan Albone
Defunct 1921
Headquarters Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England
Products agriculture machinery tractor

Copy of old Ivel advert in a newspaper

The Ivel company of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England was founded in 1902 and started building tractors in 1903. The company was started by Dan Albone a Champion Bicyclist, after he obtained a patent for mounted implements, powered off the tractor by use of a pioneering power take off, (P.T.O.). The company is named after the River Ivel in Bedfordshire. The company built a 3 wheeled lightweight tractor powered by a 2 cylinder gasoline engine of 8 hp (6.0 kW), that sold for £300, a considerable sum in the 1900s.

The company continued building tractors to a virtually unchanged design till 1921, when it ceased trading, but Dan Albone suffered a premature death in 1906. The company imported Hart-Parr models into the Britain during WW I.

The tractors were exported to over 20 countries around the world.

Preservation

One Ivel tractor, AO 385, has been restored to full working order by John Moffit and it under took a road run from Lands End to John O'Groats for charity.

The tractor is featured in the book - The Ivel Story by John Moffitt published by Japonica Press, ISBN 0-9540222-6-2.

Events

Some of the events tractor AO 385 has been exhibited at include;

Pictures of the Ivel

The Famous Ivel Tractor no. 131 of 1903 formerly in the John Moffitt collection on display at a wet Newby Hall Vintage Gathering 2009

The Ivel working at Little Casterton 2009

Other surviving tractors

please add details of any other surviving examples here.

Reference

Classic Tractors of the World, By Nick Baldwin ISBN 0-89658-394-5

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